Cumberland, Maryland (Prohibition Era)
eminently successful on the one hand, the prohibition authorities were not quite satisfied. They claimed that while they "got" Poole and his son, the alleged operators of the contraband plant, they were after the big fellows, the "stockholders," who they asserted backed the Poole's in the operation of the plant. They did not get them, but there was no hesitancy in mentioning the names of several rather prominent men alleged to be the principal "stockholders" who put their money into the illicit plant and backed the Poole's. Ben Poole, who claimed he didn't know a bootlegging plant was in operation at his garage, asserted that he rented the upper part of the building, but would not say to whom he rented it. He had been advised not to talk, he said, but admitted he had been made the "goat." Ben Poole, it was expected, would not bear the onus of the whole affair when it was charged that big men were back of him and his son. People believed that Ben would tell the whole story when the time came.
On January 29, 1923, Benjamin A. Poole entered a plea of guilty to a charge of manufacturing and possessing intoxicating liquors before United States Commissioner Thomas J. Anderson and waived a preliminary hearing. He was held upon $1,500 bond for action of the federal court. His father was his bondsman. His father, Benjamin C. Poole, pleaded not guilty, and after a hearing which lasted over two hours, Morton P. Fisher, counsel for the United States Government, abandoned his case, whereupon Poole was declared not guilty by Commissioner Anderson. The hearing was held in the civil service room on the third floor of the post office building. Between four and five hundred people attended the hearing. The hearing was to have been held in the federal court room, and the crowd gathered in that corridor and the stairs
Miller, Herman J.
Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland
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Cumberland (Md.), history
Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976